We are no longer accepting new 2017 Ball Kid applications.

Be a Member of the Team! 
 
Have you ever dreamed of being on the same court with the world's best professional tennis players? The BNP Paribas Open ball kids are some of the best in the world, and applications are now being accepted to try out to join their ranks for the 42nd annual tournament at the spectacular Indian Wells Tennis Garden. This is a very unique and unforgettable experience where you are on-court assisting players such as defending champions Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka compete at their highest level. There are more than 500 ball kids vying for these positions so read the requirements carefully below and sign-up today!

BENEFITS 

  • A unique opportunity to be on the same court as the best players in the world!
  • Make new friends.
  • Receive an official tournament uniform and program.
  • Receive 2 daily complimentary grounds passes for the entire tournament.
  • Autograph sessions with ATP World Tour/WTA players.
  • Receive a Certificate of Participation.
  • Ball Kid party during the final weekend.

REQUIREMENTS TO BE A BALL KID

  1. Ball Kids must be between the ages of 12 and 20 years old.
  2. Physically able to perform 2 hours on court sessions with one hour rest between on court sessions.
  3. Download the training manual and successfully pass assessment. (Log-in information will be sent to you upon receipt of your completed Ball Kid application)
  4. Must be available a minimum of five (5) sessions which will include three (3) day sessions before end of play Monday, March 13.
  5. Must participate and complete the following Training Session Requirements listed below.

HOW TO SIGN UP TO BECOME A BNP PARIBAS OPEN BALL KID (No longer available for 2017)

  1. Fill out an online 2017 Ball Kid Application.
  2. Download and print the 2017 BNP Paribas Open Ball Kid Training Manual. It will provide all the information you need to pass the online assessment.
  3. Upon receipt of your application form you will receive an email providing information on how to complete the online assessment.
  4. Once you pass the online assessment you will register for an account on shiftboard.com/ballkids where all sessions will be scheduled.
  5. All out-of-town ball kid applicants contact ballkids@iwtg.net regarding our policies on work schedules, chaperones, and training requirements.
  6. Download, sign, and return the Ball Kid Permission Waiver and Code of Conduct forms and each Ball Kid will need to bring them to their first training session. You will not be allowed to participate in training sessions until these forms are received.

2017 TRAINING SESSION SCHEDULE: 

There are two ways to meet the training session requirements: complete a minimum of four (4) training sessions onsite at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden (schedule listed below) or at an approved off-site location; attend the all-day Boot Camp at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.  
**Boot Camp is only for out-of-state/country applicants or by special request.

Saturday
January 7   2:30pm-5:00pm
Sunday
January 8
 2:30pm-5:00pm
Saturday
January 14
 2:30pm-5:00pm 
Saturday**
January 14
 10:00am-4:00pm
Sunday
January 15
 2:30pm-5:00pm
Saturday
January 21
 2:30pm-5:00pm
Sunday
January 22
 2:30pm-5:00pm
Friday
January 27
 2:30pm-5:00pm
Saturday
January 28
 2:30pm-5:00pm
Sunday
January 29
 2:30pm-5:00pm
Friday
February 3
 2:30pm-5:00pm
Saturday 
February 4
 2:30pm-5:00pm

Out-of-town ball kid applicants:

  1. Complete a minimum of four (4) training sessions at an approved training site listed below. Contact information will be sent to you upon completion of the Ball Kid application and online assessment.
  2. Attend one (1) Uniform Distribution/Orientation session on either Saturday, March 4 or Sunday, March 5 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
  3. Be available five (5) shifts, of which three (3) of them must be the day shift on each of the following days: Monday, March 6, Tuesday, March 7, and Wednesday, March 8.

Approved Training Sites:

  • Denver, Colorado
  • Idaho Falls, Idaho
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Portola Valley, California
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • San Diego, California
  • Santa Barbara, California
  • Thousand Oaks, California

For more information or questions, contact ballkids@iwtg.net.